[Ethics, empiricism and uncertainty]

Porz, R; Zimmermann, H; Exadaktylos, A K (2011). [Ethics, empiricism and uncertainty]. Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift, 136(1-2), pp. 45-6. Stuttgart: Thieme 10.1055/s-0030-1269439

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Accidents can lead to difficult boundary situations. Such situations often take place in the emergency units. The medical team thus often and inevitably faces professional uncertainty in their decision-making. It is essential to communicate these uncertainties within the medical team, instead of downplaying or overriding existential hurdles in decision-making. Acknowledging uncertainties might lead to alert and prudent decisions. Thus uncertainty can have ethical value in treatment or withdrawal of treatment. It does not need to be covered in evidence-based arguments, especially as some singular situations of individual tragedies cannot be grasped in terms of evidence-based medicine.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > University Emergency Center

UniBE Contributor:

Zimmermann, Heinz and Exadaktylos, Aristomenis Konstantinos

ISSN:

0012-0472

Publisher:

Thieme

Language:

German

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:12

Last Modified:

06 Dec 2013 13:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1055/s-0030-1269439

PubMed ID:

21181616

Web of Science ID:

000285545700006

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/2301 (FactScience: 204701)

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